Ktwse (5332) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2017 KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 2011 750 mL bottle into a tulip.
There is a soft ’pop’ as the cork is released, and the pour into my glass has an energetic level of carbonation. The beer itself is a hazy dark pink rapsberry color throughout, with a few resplendent bubbles visibly rising from the bottom of glass. A gentle off-white head relaxes to a ring around the edge for most of the glass.
A robust cherry aroma is not overly strong but is definitely the most noticeable aroma. At first the cherries seem sweet and creamy, but there is a slightly sharp tartness that adds a little bit of an edge. Lemony lambic notes, tannic cherry skin, and some oaky red wine notes. As it warms the farmyard funk comes through, although it is not dominant by any means.
The Schaerbeekse cherries come through immediately. Once the fruit base is set, the tartness starts to build, bringing in notes of lemon and oak, and a bit of tannic vinous fruit. The lambic in the form of lactic acidity and the sweet cherries play off of each other for the majority of the sip. Just a bit of Bretty funk adds a background complexity. There is a mineral note in the finish.
As compared to some other fruit lambics, this has a somewhat richer body and creamier nature. The carbonation is smooth and gentle as opposed to crisp, which makes it feel undercarbonated at times. In reality, it is simply more of a subtle carbonation to go along with its subtle flavor. Even though it is tart and sour, I do not sense that it is overly acidic.
I enjoyed drinking this Kriek for sure. My fruit lambic preference goes to Cantillon, but this is a serious lambic.
Pours deep hazy burgundy with low pink head. Aroma of cherries, red berries, red apples. Taste is mild tart, sweet cherry finish. Light and crisp body with soft carbonation. witt (95) - Elsinore, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2017
Pours deep ruby with small pink head.
Aroma is really funky, sour cherries, lemon, tart, thejackpacker (580) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2017
Bottle at the brewery. Arnaud treated us to a tasting of this and what a beer (and what a guy too). It is absolutely stunning. Cherries galore, one could feel they are eating off the tree in the fields. It is a masterclass of a beer from a guy who is so so passionate about his beers. Added a whole new dimension to my appreciation of this brand. sokuzs1 (1519) - POLAND - AUG 20, 2017
Brussels Trip. Backlog. Schaarbeekse cherries, pip, leather, gooseberry, pineapple, almond. Medium sour, tannic. mlmuml (12) - SLOVENIA - AUG 9, 2017
Fruity, funky, yeasty aroma. Taste is sour with lots of funk and sour cherries.
FinnIckler (785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2017
2010 vintage. Pours cloudy red. Nose is not that crazy intense cherry, wood. Palate is sour cherry. Delicious cherry sweetness, grapes, blackberry. Hasn’t aged perfectly. Ritzn (1709) - GERMANY - JUL 29, 2017
Cloudy dark orange/red. Aroma is beatiful sweet cherry and biscotti. Taste is very sour cherries with lime juice. Nice and complex. Moravius (1403) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2017
Flasche („Oude Kriek van Schaerbeekse krieken 35 %", Alk. 5 %, 75 cl, abgefüllt 2008 und etliche Jahre daheim gelagert). - Rubinrot, klar, rosafarbener Schaum. - In der Nase die typisch kellermuffigen Geuze-Aromen, nur zarte Sauerkirsche und ein ganz leichter Hauch von Fäkalien. - Im Antrunk dominiert intensiv zitronige Säure mit bitterer Grapefruitschale und holziger Herbe; Sauerkirsche kommt nur am Rande vor. Mild rezent, sehr trocken. Im Abgang mild holzig herb. - Sehr intensiver Geuze-Charakter, weniger Kriek als erwartet. Zweifellos ein großartiges Bier, aber etwas zu heftig. TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Label shows 05-04-2004. Pours a hazy ruby with a short fizzy tan head. Aroma is sour fruit, tart cherry, cherry candy and funky notes. Taste is tart fruit, sour cherry, funky yeast and earthy notes. Body is medium with a moderate fizzy carbonation and and dry finish. Ends with more funky yeast tart fruit, sour cherry, yogurt and earthy notes. Damn delicious! Clownoisseur (486) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle at 3 Fonteinen. Shared with the wife. Cheers! Pours a deep red, small pink head. Loads of sentiment. Aromas of cherry skins, deep horse blanket funk, light almond, light hay. Taste is loaded with cherry skins, jam, almond. Wet oak. Very soft mouth feel, very light acidity. Incredibly balanced and smooth. Could drink this all day!!